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Old 10-17-2007, 04:24 PM   #1
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Exclamation Knock knock! Who's there? SWAT Team, LOL!

Holy ****, that is a pretty hardcore prank, especially to some random. I remember back when hackers would prank other hackers.

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Washington man accused of faking emergency call that sent armed response to unsuspecting Lake Forest family's home.
By SALVADOR HERNANDEZ
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LAKE FOREST – SWAT officers expected to find a victim shot to death, drugs and a belligerent armed suspect when they surrounded the home of an unsuspecting couple, but found they were only a part of a false emergency call caused by a teenager who hacked into the county’s emergency response system, authorities said.

As officers swarmed the home with assault rifles, dogs and a helicopter, a Lake Forest couple and their two toddlers inside their home slept unsuspectingly.

On March 29 at 11:30 p.m., authorities allege, Randall Ellis, a 19-year-old from Mukilteo, Wash., hacked into the county’s 911 system from his home and placed a false emergency call, prompting a fully armed response to the home of an unsuspecting couple that could have ended tragically.

Thinking that a prowler was roaming his back yard, a resident of the home, identified only as Doug B. in the district attorney’s complaint filed in court, walked outside with a kitchen knife as SWAT officers from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department waited with assault rifles.

“It was just a horrifying experience,” said Doug B., who requested not to be identified further. “You think you feel safe in your own home. We had no idea what was going on.”

Doug B. and his wife did not feel safe in their home for weeks after the incident and wondered why their home was the one selected.

Doug B. was not able to go back to sleep for hours that night, and he rigged the doors and windows before he was able to go to bed.

“I thought someone was in my back yard, and they were going to get my family,” he said. “It was terrifying for months afterward.”

Officers apprehended and cuffed the resident and his wife, identified as Stacy B. It was moments later they learned the call was false, said Lt. Mike McHenry of the South County Investigations Bureau.

“The danger is significant,” said Lt. Don Barnes, chief of police services for Lake Forest. “That (situation) played out OK, although it scared the victims significantly.”

Ellis is expected to appear in an Orange County courtroom Monday to face charges of computer access and fraud, false imprisonment by violence, falsely reporting a crime and assault with an assault weapon by proxy.

“It’s not a prank,” Emami said. “People’s lives were in danger.”

Farrah Emami, spokeswoman for the Orange County District Attorney’s Office, said
Ellis selected the couple’s name and address at random and electronically transferred false information into the 911 system.

Authorities believe this is not the only time that Ellis has done this. As part of their investigation, authorities believe Ellis created similar false SWAT responses in Bullhead, Ariz.; Millcreek Township, Pa.; and in his hometown of Mukilteo, Wash.

False 911 calls are placed all the time, McHenry said, but he said this is the first time someone has hacked into Orange County’s system and created a false call in this way.

“We’ve seen nothing like this,” McHenry said. “This was unique. This was pretty serious.”

Other law enforcement agencies have seen similar breaches into their 911 systems as part of a trend picked up by computer hackers in the nation called “SWATting”, Barnes said.

The purpose is to create a false 911 call that appears to be coming from the residence in question and prompt a SWAT response from local law enforcement agencies, Barnes said.

Authorities would not divulge details on how Ellis hacked into the system, stating that doing so would jeopardize the investigation and possibly create copycats. But the call that prompted a full response to the Lake Forest home started as a call to the Orange County Fire Authority as a drug overdose and progressed into a possible murder, McHenry said.

A supposed teenager stated someone had overdosed on cocaine. The teenager then stated he had been shot in the shoulder and that attackers were going to go shoot and kill his sister, he said.

Canines, a helicopter and SWAT officers responded to the false call.

“It was a pretty large response,” McHenry said.

Through electronic forensics, investigators were able to link Ellis to the false call, Emami said.

Ellis does not appear to have a criminal record, Emami said, but it looks like he’s done this before. He was taken into custody by authorities in Mukilteo on Friday. He waived extradition Monday in court and is expected to appear in Orange County Superior Court on Oct. 22 for an arraignment hearing.

Now Doug B. said he is hoping that the upcoming court proceedings can shed some light into why this happened and why his family was targeted.

“My family is my life and to feel like its being threatened is horrifying,” he said.
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Old 10-17-2007, 04:27 PM   #2
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Dude with the knife is lucky he did not get shot...

I hope Randall Ellis at least got to **** Ally Sheedy...
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Old 10-17-2007, 04:29 PM   #3
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That's awesome. . . I mean awful.
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Old 10-17-2007, 04:31 PM   #4
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What kind of moron hacks into police systems from their house. Granted this kid is smart being able to do it but dumb for doing it from home.
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Old 10-17-2007, 04:31 PM   #5
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yikes



its one thing when SWAT gets sheeety intel and raids the wrong house - but this is totally different
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Old 10-17-2007, 04:35 PM   #6
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swat teams are well trained, no one was really in danger, I have faith in those officers abilities to tell the difference between a real threat and an illusionary one. they didn't kill the guy with the knife, and they weren't even close to pulling the trigger in Elian Gonzalez's face.

now on the other hand this kid, waisted police resources, and pointed out a severe vulnerability in their logistic system. perhaps his lawyer can negotiate him getting off with a few hundred hours of community service if he plugs the holes in their system.

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Old 10-17-2007, 04:36 PM   #7
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It's about 11:30 pm on a Friday night
and my boy Dougie B's got his hands on a knife,

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Old 10-17-2007, 04:37 PM   #8
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Old 10-17-2007, 04:38 PM   #9
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That kid is going to learn a whole new definition of "back door" here real soon.
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Old 10-17-2007, 04:40 PM   #10
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I find this funny yet.. sad... I heard it ont he radio on my way to work and laughed my butt off when they the part about him having a knife and all...

Kids hacking these days... pfft
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Old 10-17-2007, 04:42 PM   #11
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Hack something useful. Like Condie's Blackberry.
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Old 10-17-2007, 04:43 PM   #12
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im sure if the dude in the house saw swat teams outside he wouldnt still attack them with the knife... and im sure the swat team would just open fire because they saw a man with a knife in his hands... sure it was "dangerous" but as long as the home owner wasnt an idiot, he wouldnt have been shot.
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Old 10-17-2007, 04:44 PM   #13
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Lake forest park SWAT? I drive through there on my way to work everyday, they barely have squad cars.
Lake Forest, CA? I doubt they have a swat team anyways, probably the county's swat team?

Q, this could have easily been a sad story. Imagine if the guy had a gun instead of a knife to protect his family.
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Lake Forest, CA? I doubt they have a swat team anyways, probably the county's swat team?

Q, this could have easily been a sad story. Imagine if the guy had a gun instead of a knife to protect his family.
Ah CA not WA, saw the kid was from here, whoops.
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Old 10-17-2007, 04:49 PM   #15
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Lake Forest, CA? I doubt they have a swat team anyways, probably the county's swat team?

Q, this could have easily been a sad story. Imagine if the guy had a gun instead of a knife to protect his family.
A well trained SWAT team would probably tell him to drop the weapon before blowing him away.
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Lake Forest, CA? I doubt they have a swat team anyways, probably the county's swat team?

Q, this could have easily been a sad story. Imagine if the guy had a gun instead of a knife to protect his family.
+1
All the gung-ho gun nuts who would have thrown on your flak jacket and rappelled down the side of your house AK-47 in hand to "protect yourself" from the bad guy would have been shot up something fierce.
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I work right across from lake forest city hall. Lake forest contracts out the OC sheriffs and those guys dont f' around. They almost a para military force.
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Old 10-17-2007, 04:54 PM   #18
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A well trained SWAT team would probably tell him to drop the weapon before blowing him away.
That's most likely what would have happened.

Though if he were smart, he probably would have waited with his gun trained on the door until the "prowler" broke down his door. Hopefully the SWAT team would announce their presence before busting down a door, but that hasn't always been the case. Nonetheless, a very dangerous situation.
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Old 10-17-2007, 04:55 PM   #19
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All the gung-ho gun nuts who would have thrown on your flak jacket and rappelled down the side of your house AK-47 in hand to "protect yourself" from the bad guy would have been shot up something fierce.
More than likely not. Unless he started shooting wildly at them or something crazy.
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Lake Forest, CA? I doubt they have a swat team anyways, probably the county's swat team?

Q, this could have easily been a sad story. Imagine if the guy had a gun instead of a knife to protect his family.
and the usual tactic is to order the person to drop the gun, it's my guess they ordered him to drop the knife. and I'm pretty sure he would have.


I agree it could have been worse, some rookie could have easily panicked and started firing, but thats why real swat teams have very high standards for their members, it is a high stress, high function, fast pace, blink for a second and lose everything job. But that didn't happen, because these guys are well trained and showed amazing restraint, skill and professionalism.



just like this photo, it looks scarier than it actually is. most people see a cop pointing a gun at a kid, the trained eye sees an officer, with his finger in a ready position along the frame of the weapon, but not able to accidentally pull the trigger.


The kid should be punished, but I believe it would be smart of them to use him to secure their systems.



on a separate note, notice how they're calling him a man, yet, he cannot legally own a gun or drink liquor. isn't it great when they play semantics.
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Old 10-17-2007, 04:57 PM   #21
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Lake Forest, CA? I doubt they have a swat team anyways, probably the county's swat team?

Q, this could have easily been a sad story. Imagine if the guy had a gun instead of a knife to protect his family.
Ha, Lake Forest SWAT team
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Old 10-17-2007, 05:06 PM   #22
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Agreed, Q. These guys are pros and act according to very strict rules. I just think it's a situation where it's very easy for the homeowner to make a bad situation worse, due to the perceived danger to his family. A bunch of guys sneaking up to your front door is pretty menacing, until they yell SWAT. Even then, you have take their word for it
Of course this is all hypothetical and moot.


I heard the kid just spoofed his caller ID; I think 911 uses a different system than just plain old caller ID though.
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Scary story. It could have happened to anyone. If that was Brucelee's house, I'm afraid he may have been shot.




SWAT related story: My wife told me that (before we were married and she lived in a two-family amongst a bunch of two-family homes) she was gardening in the back yard once when she heard a noise like footsteps in the grass. She turned around to discover a line of SWAT guys walking in a line with their hand on the shoulder of the guy in front of them. She said they said nothing to her, and just proceded trough the yard. It was some sort of drug bust that went down like 3 houses away. No shots were fired, and the arrest went smoothly. Neverhteless, it was a moment she won't forget.
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I cant seem to make myself laugh at this, mostly due to the random family with young kids.
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